A recent study investigated whether there was a link between supplement usage and a reduced risk of contracting COVID-19. Good news! Being proactive about your health and nutrition reduces your risk of infection with SARS-CoV-2. [Read more…]
Vaginal ecology is extremely dynamic and is affected by numerous host (i.e. you!) factors including age, ethnicity, hormonal changes and life stages, infection and even use of various sanitary items like tampons and moon cups. With this in mind, it is no wonder that imbalances or dysbiosis can occur. Often these imbalances can be modulated with diet, lifestyle and nutraceutical interventions however.
A study published in Oct of this year (in the journal Advances in Nutrition) aimed to evaluate the benefits of antioxidants on sperm count and quality1. There have been numerous studies in this field but, as often in science, it can be hard to pin down a definitive answer. This is a well-designed meta-analysis which tries to take into account data from lots of different studies and apply rigid statistical analysis to make sure that the effects seen are true (or to be as sure as we can be). This meta-analysis amalgamated data from 18 separate studies including almost 1800 men.
The festive season is in full swing and it’s tempting to throw dietary caution to the wind until the New Year, especially with all the bad news. But with the average person gaining an extra 3 – 7 pounds over Christmas, that is not going to make January feel any less dismal. Heather shares her tips on Virgin Media Weekend AM or read more below.
The nervous system in our gut has been called the ‘second brain’. It is connected to our brain via sympathetic and parasympathetic pathways and has bi-directional activity. In simple terms, this is the gut-brain axis, and it works both ways. A review published in October 2021 discusses the roles of gut bacteria and intestinal cells in chronic pain, neuropathy and hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity or response to pain)1. It is important to note that many studies which explain pathways and signalling are carried out in mice. This is very common in cell signalling and in nutrition. [Read more…]